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Books and Reading: Book Clubs

So many books, so little time. Let us lead you to your next great read through the resources available in this guide.

Tulsa Library Book Club Roundup

Looking to join a book club? 

Take a look at this list of library discussion groups and their upcoming selections! Click on the library name for more information about that particular branch.

Bixby Library - Bixby Adult Book Discussion Group (Afternoon) meets the 3rd Wednesday of the month, 2:00-3:00pm. Variety of titles and genres. NEXT UP: October 17th - Dark in Death by J. D. Robb.

Bixby Library - Bixby Adult Book Discussion Group (Evening) meets the 2nd Thursday of the month, 6:30-7:30pm. Variety of titles and genres. NEXT UP: October 11th - House of Broken Angels by Luis Alberto Urrea.

Broken Arrow Library - Cover to Cover Adult Book Club meets the 1st Tuesday of the month, 6:30-7:30pm. Variety of titles and genres. NEXT UP: October 2nd - Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley.

Brookside Library - Brookside Book Discussion Group meets the 2nd Monday of the month, 1:30-2:30pm. Variety of titles and genres. NEXT UP: October 15th - Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz.

Central Library - Central Book Discussion Group meets the last Thursday of the month, 2:00pm. Variety of titles and genres. NEXT UP: October 25th - Where the Dead Sit Talking by Brandon Hobson.

Central Library - Between the Covers Book Club meets the 3rd Thursday of the month, 6:00pm. Focus is on romance novels. NEXT UP: October 18th - Wicked and the Wallflower by Sarah MacLean.

Collinsville Library - Collinsville Book Discussion Group meets the 2nd Tuesday of the month, 12:00-1:00pm. Variety, though mostly mysteries, suspense, and women's fiction. NEXT UP: October 9th - The Blinds by Adam Sternbergh.

Glenpool Library - Cookbook Club meets the 3rd Tuesday of the month, 6:30-7:45pm. Cookbooks - participants try out recipes to bring to meetings. NEXT UP: This group is currently on hiatus. Call 918-549-7323 for more information on future meetings.  

Hardesty Library - The Litwits meet the 1st Wednesday of the month, 6:30-7:30pm. Ages 25 and up. Variety of titles and genres, mostly fiction. NEXT UP: October 3rd  - My Favorite Thing Is Monsters by Emil Ferris.

Helmerich Library - Coffee Chat and Books meets one Wednesday a month (except summer months), 12:00-1:00pm. Variety of titles and genres. NEXT UP: October 17th - Focus on Autumn titles.

Helmerich Library - Mainly Mysteries meets the last Tuesday of the month (except summer months), 6:00-7:15pm. Focuses on mysteries and mystery sub-genres. NEXT UP: October 30th.

Herman and Kate Kaiser Library - Creative Truths: A History Book Discussion meets the last Saturday of the month at 9:00am. (Meetings will be in library meeting room prior to the library's regular business hours.) Focus on history. NEXT UP: October 27th - Hero of the Empire by Candice Millard.

Jenks Library - Jenks Library Book Discussion Group meets the 3rd Thursday of the month (except August), 1:30-2:30pm. Variety of titles and genres. NEXT UP: October 18th - Call 918-549-7323 for featured title and more information. 

Literacy Department - Literacy Book Club meets last Monday of the month (except May and December) 6:30-7:30pm at COLS (2901 S Harvard). Variety of titles and genres, mostly fiction; usually about 200 pages and Lexile 6th grade and below. Call ahead if attending first time (918-549-7400). NEXT UP: October 29th - The Ghost and Mrs. Muir by R. A. Dick.

Martin Library - Full Cup Book Club meets the 2nd Wednesday of the month, 10:00-11:00am. Variety of titles and genres. NEXT UP: October 10th - Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston.

Nathan Hale Library - Pythian Manor Book Group meets the 1st Tuesday of the month, 2:00-4:00pm. Variety of titles and genres. NEXT UP: October 2nd - Dreaming in Cuban by Cristina Garcia.

Schusterman-Benson Library - The Mystery Reader Roundtable meets the 1st Thursday of the month, 2:00-4:00pm. Focuses on mystery genre. NEXT UP: October 4th - Come discuss your recent reads and favorites.

South Broken Arrow Library - Beyond the Book meets one Thursday a month, 2:00-3:00pm. Focuses on historical fiction, with some variation. NEXT UP: October 18th - The Stars Are Fire by Anita Shreve.

South Broken Arrow Library - In the Middle meets the last Monday of the month, 6:30-7:30pm. For ages 9-12. Variety of titles and genres in Tween fiction. NEXT UP: October 29th - Call 918-549-7323 for this month's title.

Suburban Acres Library - Sista' Chat Book Club meets every three months, time and date varies. Variety of titles and genres. Call 918-549-7323 for more info on next meeting.

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This Week's Pick for Book Clubs

‚ÄčDept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill

/* Starred Review */ Popping prose and touching vignettes of marriage and motherhood fill Offill’s (Last Things) slim second book of fiction. Clever, subtle, and rife with strokes of beauty, this book is both readable in a single sitting and far ranging in the emotions it raises. The 46 short chapters are told mostly in brief fragments and fly through the life of the nameless heroine. Her mind wanders from everyday tasks and struggles, the beginnings of her marriage, the highs and lows with her husband, the joys of having a daughter. These domestic bits are contrasted by far-flung thoughts that whirl in every direction, from space aviation and sea exploration to ancient philosophy and Lynyrd Skynyrd lyrics. Anecdotes and quotes also come from all over: Einstein, Eliot, Keats, Rilke, Wittgenstein, Darwin, and Carl Sagan. Often, the use of third person places the heroine at a distance, examining the macro-reality of her life, but then Offill will zoom in, giving the reader a view into her heroine’s inner life—notes, graded papers and corrected manuscripts, monologues, imagined Christmas cards and questionnaires. Offill has equal parts cleverness and erudition, but it’s her language and eye for detail that make this a must-read: “Just after she turns five my daughter starts making confessions to me. It seems she is noticing her thoughts as thoughts for the first time and wants absolution.... I thought of stepping on her foot, but I didn’t. I tried to make her a little bit jealous. I pretended to be mad at him. ‘Everybody has bad thoughts,’ I tell her. ‘Just try not to act on them.’ ” (Publishers Weekly)

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